Lexifabricographer For when the right word just won’t do…

March 24, 2009

Filed under: fitter/happier,friends,geekery — lexifab @ 5:46 pm

Incredibly sleep-deprived today, after another night spent awake for most of the period from 2 to 4 am. Situation so bad that I may have to cancel D&D game scheduled for tonight. It’s only 2:30 and already I can feel my head swimming from exhaustion.

Don’t say it. I already know that I’m crap and old.

In slightly related news, my buddy Evan, slightly older than me, turns 39 tomorrow. I mention him not only for the shout-out but also to remark that he recommended Neal Stephenson’s latest Anathem. I have duly embarked upon this monster tome, even though it appears to be about 2000 pages in length. (Chris – I am still struggling through The Ghost Years, and am both enjoying and appreciating the cadence suggestive of a amiable storyteller with a stern moral to impart.  But I desperately wish I could read it in bed. The on-screen pdf format is killing me).

I just finished watching the second season of Burn Notice. This is, I will contend, the most slick and gloriously produced and performed piece of bubblegum pop television in years. It doesn’t hurt that it features generous servings of the nigh-hammy stylings of the wonderful Bruce Campbell. Highly recommended, especially if you like watching pieces of Miami explode a lot. As I do.

Ah. Pasta is now available. Laterz.

March 20, 2009

Currently in recovery (from not blogging)

Spent yesterday in bed with a book and Lost DVDs, trying very hard not to cough in order to avoid hideous back spasms. Was surprised by how well the supposedly-meandering third season of Lost holds up when the episodes are viewed back to back. Yes, there are some dodgy elements (chiefly Nikki and Paolo, the very short-lived experiment in showing us some of the other crash survivors) but the narrative is tighter than I remembered. I suspect the middle to late season may sag a little though.

Anyway, I feel better today.

Now that I have spent a week on Facebook, I suspect that it really demands a lot more time than I will be prepared to afford it. It’s good to have an easy means of occasionally touching base with my various cousins and rarely-seen old school buddies, but I daresay that it will not supplant blogging as my preferred medium for contact with the outside world.

In a related topic, while being exposed to near-lethal doses of daytime television of late, I’ve had the chance to observe Twitter’s transition from “kind of cool thing that only teenagers and hipster geeks have heard of” to mainstream penetration. In the last four weeks virtually every daily news/entertainment/variety show in Australian television has suddenly realised that they can create the illusion of audience participation by letting you know that their co-anchors are”currently in makeup” or “changing shirts after being peed on by that koala”. You know that when the morning newsertainment shows have a Twitter feed that it is officially no longer cool. Notch up one more geek meme that passed me by without interference. I’ll catch the next one when I can be bothered getting a mobile telephony device that can keep up (my current one has a monochrome LCD display and no camera, to give you some idea of its vintage).

Having completed all outstanding property purchases a couple of weeks ago, we have now entered the “paying all the problems that were not previously apparent” stage of property ownership. Apparently at one of our places the tenants have nailed boards across several doors in order to prevent the kids from getting through. If that were the worst of it it probably won’t bother us (the place was cheap for a reason) but I suspect that more improvised renovations are waiting to be discovered. Hopefully they haven’t been arseing about with anything electrical. We are bracing ourselves for this initial period of landlord operations, which is likely to prove a little on the expensive side. We’ll just grit our teeth and remind ourselves that this is a long term investment project. Over and over again, probably.

I’m not writing anything at the moment, by the way. Quelle surprise, eh what? But I have been reading John “He Died with a Felafel in his Hand” Birmingham’s latest post-Tom Clancy technoporn thriller Without Warning, which could easily have been written in response to the loudmouth assertions of some arsehole in a pub (not the least credible motive ever for a novel by any means). It starts with the premise that the world would be better off without the United States (a view that I, in the somewhat distant past, was known to assert in my more pompous moments) and then proceeds to systematically dismantle that assertion with a plausible progression of increasingly horrible events. It’s interesting that, aside from the occasional deliberate jingoistic note and the obligatory hypercompetent spy, for me the most compelling sequences were the speculations about shifts in the global political landscape. And his conclusion, that despite its flaws we’re kind of screwed without the damned Yankees, is pretty hard to refute.

My only real complaint is that it wasn’t long enough – most of Africa and Asia are scarcely mentioned, and Europe and South America only in key patches. If Birmingham had churned out a book twice as long, I’d have eaten it up twice as happily. He writes well, that lad. I knew he’d go far. Never thought he’d go where he has, but more power to him.

So, what have you been up to then?

March 10, 2009

Quick poll

Filed under: friends,the interweb she provides — lexifab @ 10:41 am

So how many people hereabouts use non-blog social networking sites like Myspace (ha!) or Facebook or Twitter or something else that I am probably too old and legally unhip to know about?

Sound off if you tweet or face or whateverthefuzzle.

March 1, 2009

Here’s another moment

Filed under: Uncategorized — lexifab @ 9:36 am

I get the odd spare moment now and then. This is not really one of them.
* Happy birthday to Mister Winston, whom Skype tells me recently incremented one step closer to senescence, a process he is attempting to accelerate with the help of his PS3.
* Our property portfolio has now expanded to a two-bedroom flat in Adelaide.
* Joey said something that closely resembled “Hello Dad” first thing this morning. Of course, I was kind of out of it at the time, but it seemed convincingly like language.
* The patio is still not done. But on the plus side, sanding is a horrible, horrible job (hey, wait…)

My gaming podcasts have now finished downloading to my mp3 player, so I have no excuse not to go and do this week’s shopping. Later.

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